December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Gardening excellence was celebrated in a prize-giving ceremony that serenaded the skills of green fingered growers.
The Wisbech in Bloom event commended the great and the dedicated in the world of flowers and vegetables as prizes were handed out to people whose work has brightened up the town.
Alan Sherfield, one of the event organisers, said this year had seen the most entries ever, with impressive efforts in spite of “the peculiar growing summer” experienced by horticulturists across the UK.
“We had to judge it later because of problems caused by our strange summer, weather-wise, but the standard of entries was excellent, very inspiring,” he said.
Categories were judged in two sections of gardens or allotments with everybody who entered given praise for their hard work.
Susannah Farmer, Wisbech Town Council clerk, said: “The Town Council is full of admiration and thanks to our allotment tenants for their dedication and commitment in growing their own in this productive area of the Fens.” .
Winner of the Best Residential Front garden was King John House while Best Community Garden went to Octavia View on the town’s South Brink.
The Wisbech Town Cup went to Octavia Hill Birthplace House.
The Octavia Hill Award for brightening up a drab corner went to Joyce Chaff at Onyx Court while the Silver Spade award went to Sheila Hamilton-Denvers, of Lerowe Road.
In the allotments category, Continued Excellence award were presented to Stephen Asker at Waterlees, Jack Norgate at Mile Tree Lane and John Epicoco at Dowgate allotment sites.
Most Improved allotment first prize went to Brian Coleman with runners up prizes to David Harrington and Ann Purt who were assisted by Steve and Tom French.
Best kitchen garden went to a plot that judges said was immaculately maintained with skill and dedication by Reg Stephens and Ray Wright.
Second place went to a couple who judges said showed great enthusiasm and skill- Mr & Mrs Canham - while third place went to David Judd for another year of stunning production.
A special prize for the Most Enthusiastic Allotmenteer went to David Harrington.
The Leslie Sims Trophy, presented in memory of a former councillor who was a strong force behind the Allotment Committee, was awarded to John Epicoco.